In pics: special reunion portraits for family separated by COVID-19


Chen Zhihao’s mother, Pang Li, adorns a window with festive decorations at the family’s home in Tai’an, east China’s Shandong Province, Feb. 8, 2021. Chen Zhihao is a “post-90s” midwife at the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. Although the 2021 Spring Festival is just around the corner and returning to one’s hometown has been the tradition, Chen opts to stay put in Guangzhou, as required by work schedule under stricter COVID-19 prevention regulations. Since the long-anticipated family reunion becomes out of the question, Chen says she has plans to join local friends on a holiday outing. She wishes her parents good health and hopes the global pandemic could end soon. For the last Spring Festival, Chen would have been enjoying the Spring Festival family reunion in her hometown Tai’an, but decided to get back early to work in Guangzhou a few days after COVID-19 broke out in the country. While volunteering for medical aid in Wuhan, she had taken care of more than a hundred COVID-19 patients in severe or critical condition. Given that Chen would not be able to see her parents this coming Spring Festival, our photographers based in Guangdong and Shandong provinces have collaborated on a series of special reunion portraits for the family separated by COVID-19. (Xinhua/Wang Kai)


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